A mudslide hit the village of Los Angelitos in the municipality of Nejapa, Today, around 17 km (11 miles) north of the capital, San Salvador, after heavy rains overnight loosened the earth on the flanks of the San Salvador Volcano.
Six persons were killed and 35 were missing Friday after heavy rain in El Salvador triggered a mudslide near the capital San Salvador, police said.
“Around 35 people are reported missing, six bodies have been found in the mud and debris,” the national police said on Twitter.
Some 300 firefighters, police and military personnel were involved in the search for the missing, the interior ministry said.
“At about 11 o’clock at night there was thunder and suddenly, we felt like there was a quake, it was when (the landslide) was coming,” said Ricarda Sibrian, 43, who told Reuters she had lost her daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law.
“But (it) had already reached my daughter’s house. We managed to get out, but we couldn’t get to her,” she said.
At about 50 homes were swept away in the village of Nejapa, some nine miles (15 kilometres) north of the capital, and 35 people who sought shelter in a church were evacuated from the disaster area.